UM Law Constitution Bulletin

Sept & Oct 2019
Rays and Rains at Home
Abdul Fareed Gafour: A lost chance for the highest Court to exercise its powers of review.

Assistant Law: Sarawak's right to impose sales tax on petroleum should not be question.

Are vernacular schools constitutional?

Malay reserve land: Is there an end to this?
Law & Behold: Podcast
Law & Behold #13: Protection of Indigenous Communities
Steven Thiru, Lawyer and the Immediate Past President of the Malaysian Bar discussed about the struggle for recognition of the legal rights of indigenous communities under the Federal Constitution and laws of Malaysia
Law & Behold: Podcast
Law & Behold #12: Restoring Our Constitution's Spirit of Moderation
Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi, Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Malaya and Surendra Ananth, Constitutional Lawyer discussed about  the importance of moderation in the law and whether there’s a need to restore that spirit in our constitution.
Winds of Change
Constitutional Amendments

Malaysian Campaign for Equal Citizenship: Give Malaysian woman and children equal rights.

Parliamentary Reforms

Charles Hector: Abolition of mandatory death penalty should happen in this parliamentary session.

Amendments to the Industrial Relations Act are inadequate.

To increase Sabah and Sarawak's representation in Parliament.
Legislative Reforms


Bill to abolish Anti-Fake News Act tabled.

Sarawak to amend fisheries law by April 2020.

Datuk Seri Mujahid Yusof Rawa: ‘Mercy To All Creation’ policy to be fully implemented next year.

Groups call for redraft of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission Bill.
Tides and Turbulences Abroad
India: Kashmir's special status revoked.
United Kingdom: Decision of the Supreme Court on the Prorogation of Parliament.

United States: White House calls House of Representative impeachment probe unconstitutional.
Hong Kong: The High Court of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region 
dismissed a claim challenging the constitutionality of the non-recognition of same-sex marriage.
Lebanon: Lebanese unite against political elite.
Public Comments
Shad Saleem Faruqi: Let us be the change we want to see.

What can be done to repair the bridges of intercommunal friendship, tear down the walls of suspicion and revive the spirit of accommodation of 1957 and 1963?
Breaking At Dawn
Richard Albert, Menaka Guruswamy and Nishchal Basnyat,  eds., Founding Moments in Constitutionalism (Hart Publishing, 2019)

Founding moments are landmark events that break ties with the ancien régime and lay the foundation for the establishment of a new constitutional order. They are often radically disruptive episodes in the life of a state. They reshape national law, reset political relationships, establish future power structures, and influence happenings in neighbouring countries.


Richard Albert, David Landau, Pietro Faraguna and Simon Drugda, eds., 2018 Global Review of Constitutional Law ( I·CONnect-Clough Center, 2019)

This is the third edition of the I·CONnect-Clough Center Global Review of Constitutional Law. This 2018 Global Review assembles detailed but relatively brief reports on constitutional developments and cases in 65 jurisdictions during the past calendar year. The reports are authored by academic and/or judicial experts, and often the reports are co-authored by judges and scholars. 
On The Horizon
Workshop on Human Rights Activism
This Workshop will be held at the Dataran Sastera, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya on 16 & 17 November 2019. This Workshop is open to all University Malaya students. There are 35 seats available and it is on a first come first serve basis. To register, go to this link For further inquiries, please contact: Dr. Khoo Ying Hooi :
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